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The Kickstarter project may have only gone live this evening, but I've been headed this way for a long, long while.

[Reviews] C Is for Corpse

One of the most satisfying mystery novels I've read in quite some time, but that's not a surprise, given the source.

[Reviews] B Is for Burglar

Colorful characters and an interesting mystery make the second Kinsey Millhone novel another one you shouldn't miss.


Robert B. Parker was capable of producing a weaker than usual novel, just like any other writer, and my opinion of "Stardust" was that it represented just such an effort. "Pastime," I'm happy to report, improves on its predecessor. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a great Spenser novel, but it at least feels like a proper attempt at one.

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"Stardust" is the seventeenth book in Robert B. Parker's series about a wisecracking Boston sleuth named Spenser. For several volumes, Parker had ensured that the people who could enjoy each new book about Spenser the most were the people who had read previous ones. Here, I feel like he has done the opposite, and I don't especially like it.

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In a sexually charged world, the term "playmates," at least when capitalized, evokes images of Hugh Heffner in a robe, smoking a pipe while blonde beauties do their thing around him. It can mean other things too, of course, and that's the case in "Playmates," the sixteenth novel from Robert B. Parker to feature his popular private investigator, Spenser.

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Death of a Trophy Wife

Jaine Austen is a fun heroine. I previously had read "Last Writes," which is the second book in author Laura Levin's series about the self-deprecating sleuth. Then last night, I finished reading "Death of A Trophy Wife (Jaine Austen Mysteries)," which is a much more recent effort. I'm pleased to say that my second exposure to the series was also (mostly) a treat.

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